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Run for the Luck of It!



Due to the weather and extreme wind that we are experiencing in Missoula, we have decided to CANCEL the Run For The Luck Of It. Throughout town there are downed trees and miscellaneous items blown into the streets and onto the trails. Additionally, our course markers and signs could not stay in place due to the strong winds. That being said, we could not provide the proper safety necessary on course for our runners. The safety of the volunteers was also a concern due to the wind chill. Putting on Run For The Luck Of It today would have been too much to ask of our participants and volunteers due to the brutal weather conditions. 

In regard to COVID-19, there were significant changes overnight. In light of these announcements, it now seems appropriate to take more prudent action. We chose to cancel the race to offer additional protections to our runners, volunteers, and the Missoula community. 

To those that were registered for today's event, we will not be providing refunds. 

All current Run Wild Missoula members that were registered for Run for the Luck of It will receive credit for 7 Races for a Goodie and Run Wilder. 

Runners can pick up their swag today, Saturday, March 14th, from 7:30 - 9 AM at Run Wild Missoula (304 N Higgins, Basement of Runners Edge). Swag will also be available for pick-up at Run Wild Missoula from Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 20th, from 9 AM - 5 PM. 

If you live outside of Missoula, please email so we can arrange to get your swag to you.

Please remember that staying fit and healthy is important in times like these. Take the time to get in a run or walk, whether it’s on the roads, trails, or treadmills (when it is safe to do so). We would love to see you take part in our Virtual Run for the Luck of It! 

Thank you for your understanding in these challenging times.


Due to the changes late last night with regards to COVID-19 in MT, cancellation of additional events in MT (including the MHSA State Basketball Tournaments), and the brutal weather conditions (especially the wind) - we will be CANCELLING the Run For The Luck Of It.

We will have packet pick up from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM at Run Wild Missoula. Come on by and get your swag this morning.

More information will be posted shortly.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!




Race Status: As of now, there has been no indication that any Coronavirus cases have yet been identified in Montana or Missoula County. And, there has been no direction at this time from City or State public health officials to suggest that public gatherings (such as the Run for the Luck of It) should be cancelled. That being said, it seems prudent that we should all take some public health precautions on Saturday. 

For that reason, we would suggest that you consider the following:

  • Although we will not be able to offer refunds, if you have traveled outside of Montana in the last 2 weeks, we would ask that you consider not attending packet pickup or taking part in the race
  • We can make arrangements for you to pick up your race swag next week (post-race)
  • Also see information on our virtual option below
  • We’ll have volunteers serving food and beverages at the race.  Please, we would ask that no bare hands be used for “self-serving” of food or beverages
  • Please bring your own hand sanitizer and use it liberally before and after the race
  • Please do your best to provide some personal space separation (i.e. social distancing) between other runners

Registration: All paid participants receive chip timing, a custom designed BOCO Run Hat, post-race shenanigans, and more!  BOCO Run Hat guaranteed to first 800 pre-registered 7-Mile and 5K participants - must register by 12:00 PM on Thursday, March 12th.

  • 7-Mile Race; 9:00 AM
    • Early Registration: $25 All Ages; Through January 31st at 11:59PM
    • Regular Registration: $30 All Ages; February 1st through March 12th at 12:00PM
    • Late Registration: $35 All Ages; March 12th at 12:01PM through Race Day (via RunSignUp)
  • 5K Race; 9:15 AM
    • Early Registration: Through January 31st at 11:59 PM
      • 14 & Under: $15
      • 15 & Over: $25
    • Regular Registration: February 1st through March 12th at 12:00 PM
      • 14 & Under: $15
      • 15 & Over: $30
    • Late Registration: March 12th at 12:01 PM through Race Day (via RunSignUp)
      • 14 & Under: $15
      • 15 & Over: $35
  • 400 Meter Kids Dash (10 & Under); 8:45 AM (untimed)
    • FREE! Fun run for the little leprechauns in your family!
    • All Kids Dash participants MUST register
    • Participants in the FREE Kid's Dash will NOT receive a BOCO Run Hat.

Packet Pickup & Late Registration

  • Friday, March 13th from 3:00 - 6:00 PM at Run Wild Missoula (304 N Higgins, basement of Runner's Edge)
    • Be sure to check out RWM's End of Winter Garage Sale during packet pickup!
  • Saturday, March 14th from 7:30 - 8:45 AM at the Race Start
  • Packet Pickup will end promptly at 8:45 AM on race morning.  We will not be able to provide you a bib number after 8:45 AM.
    • This will give you plenty of time to warm up and make it through the bathroom line before the race starts.
    • It will also give Competitive Timing enough time to get all of your data entered in the system for accurate race results.

Race Start Times:

  • Kids Dash: 8:45 AM
  • 7-Mile: 9:00 AM
  • 5K: 9:15 AM

Race Location: Bonner Park; 1600 Ronald Avenue

Want to Volunteer??  Click Here

Course Information:

  • 7 Mile Course Map
  • 5K Course Map
  • Both courses are OPEN to traffic!  Race participants must always be aware of traffic and yield to cars unwilling to stop for runners.  While there will be numerous volunteers and lots of signage all over the course, runners must still be cautious at intersections!  Listen to the course monitor's instruction!
  • This race takes place in Missoula, MT.  In March.  What does that mean to runners?  It means you never know what kind of weather we're going to have or what the weather will decide to drop on the streets as it passes through (i.e., snow sleet, rain, etc.).  Be prepared for potentially slippery surfaces, potholes (watch for puddles!), uneven surfaces, and loose sand and gravel!

Run for the Luck of It! is a Cupless Event!  In order to cut down on waste, we are working on moving all of our races to cupless events; with the exception of the Missoula Marathon.  The aid station in the 7 mile will not have disposable cups.  You will be required to carry your own HydraPak Speed Cup, a hand-held water bottle, or hydration pack  during the event.  Plenty of water and sports drink will be available from which you can fill your cup or hydration device.

What does this mean for you?  If you would like to take advantage of water, recovery drinks, or any other fluids we may have in the start/finish area, please plan on bringing a personal cup/water bottle/hydration device to use.

Please be aware that Run Wild Missoula still has a large inventory of single use paper cups and other single use products that we are continuing to work through - don't be caught off guard if those products occasionally show up at events. Thank you for understanding.

Awards: To celebrate Pi Day (3.14), all winners will receive an apple pie from Black Cat Bake Shop!

  • Top Three Overall Winners
  • Top One Age Group Finishers
    • 5K Age Groups: 9 & Under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
    • 7-Mile Age Groups: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Post-Race Shenanigans:

    Virtual Run For The Luck Of It!

    Run Wild Missoula will offer a virtual opportunity for the Run for the Luck of It for those concerned about COVID-19 and are nervous about taking part in a large group event. 

    The Virtual Event will count toward 7 Races for a Goodie and Run Wilder for current Run Wild Missoula members who are registered for the actual Run for the Luck of It event. You MUST  complete a 5K or a 7-Mile run anytime between Saturday, March 14th and 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 15th


    All current members that want their run counted toward 7 Races for a Goodie or Run Wilder MUST self report their virtual run to You must include your run map and elapsed time. All runs must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 17th


    Please note: You may complete the 5K or 7-Mile run anywhere and anytime between Saturday, March 14th and 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 15th.Current members (who are registered for Run for the Luck of It) must submit their run map and elapsed time to by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 17th to receive credit for 7 Races for a Goodie or Run Wilder.

    The Virtual Run for the Luck of It 5K and 7-Mile events can be found on our Strava Page HERE


    If you want to participate in the virtual run, you need to track your run with a GPS enabled device such as your smartphone, Garmin, etc. Whether a watch or a phone app, you will be able to track your run pretty easily. In the given time period (3/14 – 3/15), you will track your run. You will have until 11:59 PM on March 17th to email your results to

    Please send an image of your completed route and activity time via an activity report or by screen shot (1 screen shot with all the information please).

    If you do not have a Strava account, you will need to create one - it’s super easy. If you DO have a Strava account, you will need to make the activity public in order for us to view the activity and all the data. 

    You can upload your activities to Strava using any of the following methods:

    • Instantly upload from the Strava iPhone or Android app
    • Upload from a GPS device
    • Sync data from other fitness sites to Strava
    • Upload a file from your computer
    • Please note: We will not accept manually added activities for the Run for the Luck of It!


    Race swag will be available for registered participants at the Run Wild Missoula office (304 N Higgins Ave, basement of Runner’s Edge) beginning Monday, March 16th.  We will not offer the option to have the race swag shipped to you. All swag MUST be picked up by Friday, March 20th. 

    I participated in the virtual event, but I wasn’t registered for Run for the Luck of It! Can I still get swag?

    Additional Race swag will be available for purchase starting Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 20th. Race swag will be available to virtual participants for $10. 


    Strava is a community of athletes from all over the world. Strava lets you experience what they call social fitness - connecting and competing with each other via mobile and online apps. Strava also provides the ability to map and track your runs via your smartphone or GPS watch.


    Yes, Strava is a free service. There is no cost to record and share activities, and all basic features are free.

    Questions?? Email Race Director, Darren Zellman

    Want to Volunteer??  Click Here

    As outlined in the race waiver & acknowledgment, entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable.  To view the RWM race cancellation policy, click here.

    Per Run Wild Missoula event policies, dogs are not allowed to participate in the event, with the exception of ADA Service Animals.  Service animals must be on non-retractable, 6 foot or less leash.

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